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Chamber Music - To be released April 28, 2017 | audite Musikproduktion

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Chamber Music - Released March 17, 2017 | harmonia mundi

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Quartets - Released March 10, 2017 | Berlin Classics

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Duets - Released February 24, 2017 | harmonia mundi

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Here the diva is the viola! How did the viola move from the status of ‘dramatic contralto among instrumental voices’ (to quote the critic Henri Blanchard) to ‘a character of nobility and languor’, according to Georg Kastner’s treatise on instrumentation (1837)? Going well beyond mere historical interest, this album answers the question by unveiling the charms of a repertory that delighted Parisian concert halls and salons throughout the 19th century. It tells the story of an instrument that at last emerged from the violin’s shadow thanks to immense virtuosos; and now the talent of two great musicians of our time brings back to life these pieces which offer much more than the exquisite languors of bel canto. The diva is the viola; its servant is named Antoine Tamestit. (Text from harmonia mundi label)

Solo Piano - Released February 24, 2017 | CPO

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Trios - Released February 24, 2017 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Chamber Music - Released February 24, 2017 | Alpha

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Chamber Music - Released February 24, 2017 | ARTALINNA

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For their second album as a duo, the flautist Jocelyn Aubrun and pianist Aline Piboule decided to bring together five works composed in 1943. A rainbow journey around Europe, from France to Russia via the Netherlands. Alongside the oft-celebrated Prokofiev and Dutilleux Sonatas, this retrospective also offers some little-known works such as Smit’s Sonata, whose style resembles Hindemith, or that of Flothuis, a sort of pastorale with strong French influences. Another great rarity: Claude Arrieu’s reinvigorating and delightful Sonatine. © Artalinna
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Solo Piano - Released February 10, 2017 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Chamber Music - Released February 3, 2017 | Mirare

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Solo Piano - Released February 3, 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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“I had put Chopin to one side and wasn’t even sure whether I would play him again one day,” says the French pianist David Fray. Chopin’s music had been absent from Fray’s active repertoire for some 15 years before he recorded this recital, which comprises seven of the composer’s nocturnes, three mazurkas, a polonaise, a waltz and an impromptu. It takes its place in the catalogue of Erato recordings that Fray, now 35, has been building with care and reflection since 2008, and which also contains music by Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Boulez. When Fray talks about Chopin – who died in Paris in 1849 aged just 39, having exercised a transformative influence on the piano repertoire – it becomes clear that he sees the composer’s work in archetypally Romantic terms: “For me, Chopin’s music is very fragile, vaporous, perfumed … somewhat intangible. It is so fluid and evanescent – you need to feel that it could just disappear at any moment. What makes it so touching is this ephemeral quality – the mazurkas are like something that you write in the sand … You know that it will be washed away, but the memory will remain. His music palpitates with a sense of the unexpected, the inspiration of the moment. If you tried to engrave it into marble, it would die.” At the same time, Fray is aware of the intellectual and technical challenges posed by Chopin. “His is the music of an individualist … Chopin is an island, something of a closed world. Perhaps that’s why I didn’t want to approach his music too early – I was a little daunted. I’ve always had this idea of breaking out of the yoke imposed by the piano, but with Chopin that is difficult … the piano is at the centre of things.” The piano was still a relatively new instrument in Chopin’s time and his writing – often typified by long sinuous melodies that evoke the bel canto opera of the early 19th century – tested and expanded its capabilities. “I have always had a passion for transforming the piano into a lyric, singing instrument,” continues Fray, “when it comes to the piano and the idea of control, I feel freer these than I used to, but in Chopin, freedom is like a breeze agitating a leaf. Though the leaf moves freely, it is attached to a stem, which is attached to a branch, which is in turn attached to a trunk. I hope that this Chopin recital will be an album of poetry, of song … with a sense of freedom.” David Fray’s last Erato release (early 2015) was an album of works by Schubert, who was born some 13 years before Chopin and is similarly one of the key figures in the first decades of musical Romanticism. Gramophone’s review of that Schubert album hints at what we can expect from Fray’s interpretations of Chopin: “I wish there were more albums of Schubert’s piano music like this … David Fray is alive to the way the music moves at every point and skilled at evoking worlds of sound beyond the piano. Sometimes the orchestra is close, or the voice, or the dance floor, or an impression of something floating in from outdoors … His rhythm is immaculate, with a naturalness in matters of articulation and continuity that appears instinctive. He keeps the music airborne.” When Fray gave a recital of Schubert in New York in 2015, the New York Times’ reviewer looked forward to his next encounter with the pianist: “This is an artist we need to hear more of … I’ll listen eagerly to whatever he wants to say.”
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Trios - Released January 27, 2017 | harmonia mundi

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Chamber Music - Released January 27, 2017 | Pavane Records

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Duets - Released January 27, 2017 | Alpha

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Polychromy. A simple concept that defines the very essence of this recording, in which colour is omnipresent and takes on diverse and nuanced forms. The choice of works forms at once a harmony and a contrast of shades and sonorities: this album offers the virtuosic and lyrical Violin Sonata no.2 in D Major op.94bis of Sergei Prokofiev, the Sonate posthume of Maurice Ravel, and the Violin Sonata in E flat major op.18 of Richard Strauss, the pièce de résistance of the programme. Tobias Feldmann, a prizewinner at the 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Competition, invites us on this musical journey with his vividly coloured and expressive violinistic language, supported with finesse by his partner Boris Kusnezow. Skilfully combining virtuosity and elegance, they create an alchemy whose extreme precision enables these works to yield up all their poetry and refinement.